A prize Grimsby dish has been awarded the highest accolade once again in the Guild of Fine Foods’ annual Great Taste Awards.
Alfred Enderby’s traditionally smoked salmon has been recognised with three stars, catapulting it into The Times’ top 50 recommended food products of 2020.
And washing it down for the judges was debutant Edwards 1902 Premium Vodka, as two stars wing their way to Elsham Wold Distillery, having only launched in February.
Judged by more than 500 industry experts, the Great Taste Awards are held in the highest esteem.
Enderby’s is once again the only producer in the Humber region to be given the top accolade.
With outstanding comments across the board, the panel wrote “absolutely stunning”, “unbelievable texture, supple and tender”, “melts in the mouth”, “excellent salmon, obviously fresh, well prepared and of fine quality”.
Owner Patrick Salmon said: “When it comes to taste especially, we’re always confident that our products will stand out for all the right reasons because we’re dedicated to sourcing the best quality, fresh produce, selecting the finest wood blend and slowly smoking overnight in our 100 year old smokehouses.
“To be recognised at this level by chefs, buyers, food writers and retailers is a great triumph for us and we couldn’t be more proud and thankful to our hard working and devoted team.”
Across the dock and 20th anniversary celebrating JCS Fish collected two stars for its BigFish Traditionally Cured Oak Smoked Salmon and Loch Trout variety, while single stars were stuck on the BigFish Signature Smoked Salmon and BigFish Signature Oak Smoked Sea Trout. Last year’s haul saw it net five stars.
Pipers, another Elsham Wold operator, saw a further six stars added to its long-running collection, with Karnataka Black Pepper & Sea Salt crisps the stand-out with a double, while there were two double star awards for Winterton’s Apidae Honey, with its English Woodland and English Linden varieties.
Elsewhere in the Humber’s rich hinterland Drewton’s, Jillys Homemade Preserves, River City Coffee and T Soanes and Son all received single stars for products too.